Mantegna, Gia Biography

biography of Mantegna, Gia

17 April 1990, New York City, New York, USA
5' 4 1/2"

-   Daughter of 'Joe Mantegna' (qv) and Arlene Vrhel.

-   Attended high school in North Hollywood, California.

-   Was born in New York, but moved to Los Angeles while an infant.

-   Is of Italian and Czechoslovakian descent.

-   Made her feature film debut at the age of 13.

-   Growing up she was a trained gymnast and ballerina.

-   Plays piano and saxophone and is a skilled singer.

-   Was born in New York City five months into production of _The Godfather: Part III (1990)_ (qv). Her father, 'Joe Mantegna' (qv), starred as "Joey Zasa" in the film.

-   Sister of Mia Mantegna.

-   I think we all have a little dork in us. Of course I felt like a dork with those glasses on but it was fun. I lived it up. I took the chance.

-   It's not even the sense that we want to be older and we want to act more mature. We kind of have to in the sense that we are working with these very important people that need to get their work done. Even though [director] Paul [Feig] loves to have fun, he had a vision at the end of the day that had to be fulfilled. As much we love to be crazy kids, we all have our serious side.

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